Two states begin COVID-19 vaccine rollout
Victoria and New South Wales have become the first two states to begin the COVID-19 vaccination rollout this morning.
NSW began vaccinating a handful of frontline workers about 8am at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown, with Special Health Accommodation cleaning supervisor Gayathry Vellangalloorsrinivasan being the first to receive the jab today.
The vaccinations are being administered by 200 healthcare workers working out of three Sydney hubs today, including the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Westmead Hospital and Liverpool Hospital.
Over the next three weeks, 35,000 frontline health workers are expected to receive the jab.
Victoria became the first state to officially begin the vaccine rollout this morning.
Head of infection prevention at Monash Health, Professor Rhonda Stuart, was the first Victorian recipient of the Pfizer vaccine, getting the jab about 7.30am.
About 100 healthcare workers are expected to be vaccinated in the first Monash Health clinic today.
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An initial four vaccination hubs will operate in the state, with a goal of vaccinating all hotel quarantine workers in the space of three weeks.
The onsite hubs include Victorian hospitals, as well as at Melbourne Airport, quarantine hotels, with some vaccinations to also be delivered through mobile outreach programs.
At least 240 aged care homes will get a share of the available vaccine, including Homestead Estate, just outside of Geelong, with residents to receive the jab at about 9am.
Authorities are expecting more than 60,000 doses to have been administered by the end of the week across the country.
Up to 1.4 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be given to hotel quarantine workers, frontline healthcare workers and aged care staff and residents in the coming weeks.
A World War II survivor and Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday became the first people in Australia to receive the COVID-19 jab in a surprise early start to the nation's vaccine rollout.
Queensland's first shipment of 10,000 vials of the vaccine arrived at Brisbane airport yesterday.
The first 100 people received their vaccine notification this morning for their jab at Gold Coast University Hospital at 8am today.
There will also be vaccines administered at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane and in Far North Queensland in Cairns.
In South Australia, the first people to receive the jab are expected to be a quarantine hotel nurse, security guard and a police officer.
They will be the first of 150 frontline health workers vaccinated today. That will increase sharply over the coming days with around 1700 vaccinated by the end of the week and 12,000 after three weeks.
Also from today, aged care residents in 17 South Australian suburbs and towns will begin receiving the vaccination.
In Western Australia, more than 290 people have signed up for the first day of vaccinations today
Two hotel quarantine nurses will be the first in the state to receive the vaccine at Perth's Hyatt Hotel, one of the vaccine hubs.
There will also be vaccine clinics at Fremantle port and the Perth Airport.
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Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said he hoped to see 60,000 vaccinations across Australia in the next week.
Health authorities hope 800,000 people will be vaccinated every week once the program ramps up next month.
Mr Morrison said that the country had "made its Australian way" through the pandemic and would continue to do so as the vaccination program progressed.